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Una belleza rusa

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Aquí, en un mágico desfile que se pasea por el confundido universo de los exiliados rusos, vemos a la melancólica Olga, bonita y aburrida gracias al cósmico aburrimiento de sus pretendientes; al manojo de nervios llamado Romantovski, quien no es culpable de nada pero invita al castigo; al pésimo escritor Ilyá Borísovich Tal, cuya pasión literaria lo hace víctima de la inge ...more
Paperback, 133 pages
Published April 2011 by Anagrama (first published 1973)
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Personalmente non amo molto i racconti, mi infastidisce il passare da una storia ad un'altra, da un numero di personaggi ad un altro senza adeguato approfondimento – in realtà, il mio ideale di libro sarebbero i tomi intorno alle 800-1000 pagine – ma questi racconti di Nabokov, molto eterogenei per epoca di creazione e tematiche, sono bellissimi, mi sento di dire che, insieme a quelli della Woolf, sono i più bei racconti del XX secolo.

Sono catalogati in rigoroso ordine cronologico, tradotti in
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Nabokov's Wikipedia entry says that the author did not believe that literature should teach, and his stories do not. Nabokov does not seem concerned with telling intelligible stories at all, but works like an abstract painter, placing his words to evoke certain moods the way a painter arranges his hues to capture specific emotions, without regard to whether the scene is comprehensible or "real." Predominantly, the evoked emotion is confusion: "Ultima Thule" is a blizzard of gibberish, while the ...more
Caterina
Oct 25, 2015 Caterina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Potrei rileggere questi racconti tanto frequentemente da impararli a memoria, e non mi verrebbero mai a noia. Ho particolarmente apprezzato quelli di carattere autobiografico. Lo stile è impareggiabile, altamente evocativo, a volte fiabesco o onirico, capace di richiamare d'un colpo alla mente mille vividissime immagini, come la morbidezza della luce dietro il vetro opaco di una porta che si affaccia su una strada berlinese nell'umida sera novembrina.
Amanda
Aug 24, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thank fucking god Solus Rex didn't turn into an entire novel. Unholy christ.
Gaia
Feb 02, 2017 Gaia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Semplicemente meravigliosi. Lingua spettacolare.
Kezia
Jul 25, 2011 Kezia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Nabokov's last short stories written in Russian, translated by the author and his son. As testament to the accessibility of these stories, many were printed in U.S. publications in the sixties and seventies (New Yorker, Playboy to name two). These capture his Berlin years and Russian expat culture, so 'Russophiles' will also appreciate them. Standouts include two portions or sketches of a novel he never revisited, a comic duel over an unfaithful wife, and a tragic performing dwarf. A theme of un ...more
Wigglecandy
While I thought some of the stories were boring or babble there were a few that made reading this collection worthwhile. I liked "An Affair of Honor", but I particularly enjoyed "A Dashing Fellow". Even though the character was repugnant I found that I still liked him, and the closing of the story was great.

Nabokov seems to like revisiting a lot of the same themes in his short stories. There's a lingering presence of a couple from the Details of a Sunset and Other Stories collection and, I think
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John
Aug 19, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent stories. Quite a wide variety. Some were simple, everyday life. Others were deeply figurative. My favorite was “The Visit to the Museum.” It was a brilliant tale of the nightmare feelings Nabokov had for the Soviet Union, and how it turned nonsense into reality, and robbed him of his Russia.
Maureen
Pretty good, and very different in style and tone from the two of his novels that I've read. With some exceptions, these stories have simpler, less emotional, language, and are much bleaker in plot. Maybe I'm just imagining things, but it just feels more Russian. "The Leonardo" was probably my favorite story overall.
Jean-baptiste
Short stories, very well written of course and with a lot of melancholy and humor. This said, a bit light to read, imho.
Shawn
Aug 23, 2007 Shawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read most of the stories. I'll get around to the last few some time in the future. Really enjoyed all of them, especially the one that took place in the museum.
J
Jul 11, 2013 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
uplifting is not a word i would use to describe this book
ej cullen
Who cares where his stories go, or if they (often) go nowhere - it's the linguistic trampoline that keeps you bouncing.
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Mar 29, 2009 Juliane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of short stories. I liked every single one.
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Russian: Владимир Владимирович Набоков .

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian-American novelist. Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English prose stylist. He also made significant contributions to lepidoptery and had an interest in chess problems.

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